Meadowlark Nature Festival
- Thu • May 17, 2018 •
- Fri • May 18, 2018 •
- Sat • May 19, 2018 •
- Sun • May 20, 2018 •
- Mon • May 21, 2018 •
Meadowlark Nature Festival
The following information will help make your Meadowlark Festival experience the best it can be. Please read through it and if you have any questions, feel free to contact us.
What to Bring
Please be prepared for all sorts of weather – hot, sunny, windy, cold and rain too!. Dress in layers and bring all-weather clothing, sunscreen, a sun hat, sturdy hiking footwear, a snack and at least 1 litre of water for all tours and events. For longer walks and hikes you will need at least 2 litres of water, snacks and a bagged lunch (if not provided). Cameras, walking sticks, binoculars and plant and bird field guides are optional but add to your enjoyment.
Please leave Buster, Keely, Pico, Zada, Oscar and Penny at Home!
Sorry! Pets are not allowed on Meadowlark tours, with the exception of service dogs. Please do not bring your pets to the Festival or leave them in parked cars. Unfortunately people who are accompanied by animals will not be able to participate in tours and events.
Meeting your Tour Leader and Group
Once you have registered, you will receive information detailing your tour, meeting time and location. Please check the information for each tour your are registered in advance so you are familiar with where you are going. Tours leave on time, so please do not be late!
During the Festival our Festival Headquarters at the Shatford Centre, 760 Main Street, Penticton is open daily from 11 am to 2 pm. There is plenty of parking and many Meadowlark events use this location as a meeting place. If you wish to gather with your fellow Meadowlarkers before or after your tour, tables and chairs will be set up inside the Shatford Centre in the Galleria room. You can purchase Meadowlark Festival 20th Anniversary collectible t-shirts, signed and numbered limited edition prints of Dorothy Tinning’s Spring Awakening and other merchandise as well as refreshments by donation.
Many of our tours set out from a central meeting place via carpools. If you are being shuttled via carpool it is common practise and good karma to offer your driver a small donation (e.g. $5) to help pay for gas. If you are joining a carpool tour please be sure you have some extra cash on hand for this purpose.
Rain or Shine
Meadowlark events run rain or shine. Please be prepared for all weather.
Level of Difficultly
Before buying your tickets, please be sure to check the Level of Difficulty rating for each tour to ensure the tour is appropriate for your physical abilities.
Level 0 – Access for all. Flat terrain.
Level 1 – Easy walking. All/mostly level paths.
Level 2 – Paths can be narrow with some uneven terrain.
Level 3 – Obstacles in paths and/or uneven terrain. Steeper grade requiring agility.
Level 4 – Very steep, insecure footing. Long hike. Good physical condition needed.
Since 1998, Meadowlark Nature Festival has presented interactive, multi-disciplinary events that explore and celebrate the spectacular natural environment of the Okanagan Similkameen. Taking participants from Canada’s unique desert environment in the south, to the alpine meadows high above the Okanagan and Similkameen valleys, the Festival connects people with nature, engaging and inspiring them to protect the unique habitats and species of this region and indeed our planet.
Meadowlark Festival is geared to appeal to a wide cross-section of people and interests, and so events include canoe trips, guided hikes, film screenings, Aboriginal culture, inspirational speakers, bird watching tours, back-country horseback riding, geological tours, astronomy events, art exhibitions, photography, writing and painting workshops, historic hikes and more. There is truly something for everyone! Each event is led by an expert in their field such as a biologist, botanist, historian, geologist, naturalist, aboriginal knowledge keeper, astronomer, herpetologist, artist, etc. and groups are kept small so participants get an informative and entertaining, up-close-and-personal, one-on-one experience.
Throughout its history, Meadowlark has exposed thousands of local and visiting participants to conservation and environmental initiatives, encouraging their involvement and bringing them together to steward our natural environment and find common ground on which to celebrate it. The Festival helps to spotlight the Okanagan Similkameen as a major tourism destination in general and also offers insight and information about more specific locations that are of interest to eco-tourists, artists, birders, outdoor sporting enthusiasts such as hikers, cyclists, canoeists and others. A recent Sport Tourism Economic Assessment Model (STEAM) report determined the Festival’s annual economic impact to be $625,000 for the whole of BC and over $550,000 directly to Penticton and area.
Meadowlark Nature Festival is the flagship event presented each year by the Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Alliance (OSCA), a registered non-profit, charitable organization. In addition to the annual Meadowlark Festival, OSCA operates ongoing community programs including:
- ECOstudies Program
- Spotlight on Species Program
- ECOmanagement Program
- Vaseux Lake Bird Observatory
and OSCA online
For more information on OSCA visit our website at www.osca.org.